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APRIL SSRN EVENT
“The Origins of the Missionary Impulse”
Professor Jeremy Menchik
Assistant Professor at Pardee School of Global Studies
April 25, 2017, 12:00pm
Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs
10 Lenox St. Brookline, MA
Abstract of the Presentation: What are the origins of the missionary impulse: the desire to proselytize and convert others to one’s way of life? This paper investigates the origins of the missionary impulse within Christianity, Islam, and liberalism. It draws on case studies of William Carey, Woodrow Wilson, and Rashid Rida, as well as original interviews and a synthesis of literature from missiology, Islamic studies, and political science. The paper demonstrates that all three traditions share similar methods of propagation, teleological assumptions, universal aspirations, challenges in respecting other traditions, and blindness to their own violence. It explicates key determinants of the missionary impulse including personal conviction, networks, media, education and class, religious competition, the state, theology, gender, and global trends. By doing so, it highlights the structural similarities of traditions that are typically considered distinct and elucidates an aspect of world politics that is usually overlooked. More provocatively, it concludes by suggesting that political science is endogenous to the liberal missionary project and as a result, shares the practices and pathologies of other missionary ventures.
SOCIAL SCIENCE AND RELIGION AROUND THE UNIVERSITY
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 3:30pm
“Contestations and Accommodations: Korean Christianity and the State in the Cold War Era, 1969-1974″
Helen Kim will reveal the complex responses of South Korean Christians to the state under the repressive rule of Park Chung-hee.
Monday, May 15-Tuesday, May 16, 2017
CURA Conference: “Religion and Non-Governmental Organizations”
10 Lenox St. Brookline, MA
The earliest immigrants to the United States from India hailed from the most privileged sectors of one of the most religiously and culturally diverse societies in the world. Today’s Indian-Americans, reflecting mor recent immigration patterns, are a cross-section of the rich plurality of their motherland…
OTHER CALENDARS OF SSRN INTEREST
Institute on Culture Religion & World Affairs Lecture Series
Center for Global Christianity and Mission
The Institute for Philosophy & Religion Lecture Series
Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
Graduate Division of Religious Studies
For more information, contact Prof. Nancy Ammerman.